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Subject:  Electric Green Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Cozumel Mexico
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey guys!
I found this little guy (he’s one inch long from his face to his back end) on the sidewalk and was wondering what he is exactly.
I’ve never seen one so vibrant in person before.
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron Edgar

Unknown Scarab Beetle

Dear Aaron,
We have been trying intermittently, to identify your green Scarab Beetle for days, but the best we can do at this time is provide you with the family Scarabaeidae.  Though it superficially resembles the Green Fruit Beetle or Figeater, we do not believe your individual is in the same genus,
Cotinis.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unknown Scarab Beetle

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Subject:  Strange winged beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Raleigh, NC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug is stuck between my window and screen. Nocturnal? Difficult to get a photo. Looked like a black beetle until he opened his wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in NC

Dung Beetle

Dear Curious in NC,
This is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, and it really resembles this member of the genus
Geotrupes pictured on BugGuide.  They are often called Dung Beetles.

Daniel,
Thank you! It was fascinating to watch him. I appreciate the information.

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Subject:  Green Beetle with bushy looking legs: definitely can fly.
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern CA – Sunnyvale.
Date: 08/21/2018
Time: 09:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy was hanging out in my compost bin with friends.  My guess is that they were grubs and just emerged.  Are they Japanese Beetles?
Thx
How you want your letter signed:  Chuck

Figeater with Phoretic Mites

Dear Chuck,
Your beetle is a Figeater, a Green June Beetle that is quite common in California.  The larvae, known as Crawlybacks, are often found in compost piles.  The “bushy looking legs” you mentioned are of great interest to us.  They look like phoretic Mites that often use large beetles like Sexton Beetles as transportation from location to location.  We have an image in our archives of some eastern Green June Beetles with phoretic Mites.

Thanks Daniel,
I can grab one of the beetles for you?  I closed the lid and they are still there.  I usually turn the pile over quite often but have been away for travel: when I opened the lid, those guys were hanging out.
Thanks again.
Chuck

Thanks for the offer Chuck, but we have plenty of Figeaters in Southern California.

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Subject:  We found a bug in the screen door and don’t know what it is
Geographic location of the bug:  Rapid city South Dakota usa, around 9:30 am during summer
Date: 08/10/2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Pleaseeee help me I really want to know what this is! Anything you can do to help
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t care, just please help

Earth Boring Scarab Beetle

This is an Earth Boring Scarab Beetle in the family Geotrupidae, and we have identified it as a member of the genus Bolbocerosoma thanks to BugGuide, but we cannot provide a species identification at this time. 

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Antonio, TX
Date: 08/07/2018
Time: 11:11 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this dirt egg and picked it up and felt something moving inside .. What is it? It was under some Walnut slabs of wood and leaves I was cleaning up..
How you want your letter signed:  Bugman?

Ox Beetle Pupa

This is the pupa of a horned Scarab Beetle, and we believe it looks identical to this Ox Beetle pupa in the genus Strategus that is pictured on BugGuide.  The “dirt egg” is the pupal chamber.

Ox Beetle Pupa

Many thanks as I put the pics on Facebook as a challenge to identify…

Ox Beetle Pupal Chamber

 

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Subject:  Fig beetle or Green June Beetle!
Geographic location of the bug:  Fresno, CA
Date: 08/05/2018
Time: 01:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
My husband and I are at odds about this bug. He (the bug) was a pretty friendly guy who flew into several patrons hair at our local bar. Can you tell us what he is? We spotted him approximately mid-July.
How you want your letter signed:  Megan

Figeater

Hi Megan,
Common names for the same insect can vary from location to location, and that gets even more complicated because insects do not respect international borders, with or without walls, and many times the national language changes across the border.  To make things even more complicated, sometimes the same common name is used to describe more than one insect.  That is why the scientific community uses the universal binomial system to identify creatures, but even that gets complicated because sometimes more than one scientific name is used to describe the same insect, but eventually one of those names supersedes the other.  What’s That Bug? has always considered itself a pop culture insect site, so we frequently use common names in an effort to make us more friendly to the web browsing public which might find more scientific (and more reputable) sites off-putting because they are so scientific.  The genus
Cotinis is called, according to BugGuide, the Green June Beetles, so any member of the genus can be called by that common name.  A common species found from Texas east, Cotinis nitida, is commonly called a Fig-Eater or Green June Beetle, according to BugGuide, and a common western species, that is found in California, is Cotinis mutabilis, and according to BugGuide, it is commonly called the Green Fig Beetle, the Green Fruit Beetle or the Figeater Beetle.  Your species is the latter, so you may use any of the common names that specifically apply to the species, or the more general name Green June Beetle that applies to the entire genus.  That is a very long-winded explanation that distills down to the answer that both names are correct for your species, though here at What’s That Bug?, we like to use Figeater for the western species, so you both are correct.

Figeater

 

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